Oh the thrill, we came, we saw, we only went and had a (rather successful exhibition!) It's the last week of our exhibition at the East Lodge gallery in Leamington Spa and it's been a joyful and learning experience. I've stepped a little out of my comfort zone by collaborating with a local school; an environment I haven't been in for a zillion years. Helping to inspire youngsters with poetry and photography was very rewarding and seeing the work they achieved for the exhibition was incredible. Actually getting my creative photography, odd bit of paint and poems in a public space has been a bit daunting. When my photos are published normally, it's the writing that takes centre stage, this has switched things around. Working with Lynne Gougeon means we have dared to give it a go, we've egged each other on and people have enjoyed it, we made the paper, a couple of mayors turned up, I met a lot of wonderful creative souls from Leamington Studio Artists. Lynne now has an opportunity to inspire other children and teach art (lucky them, she is amazing!) I've had some red dots on my work (they've only gone and sold!) and it's given me the incentive to get that other creative project that's been sitting in my head off the ground. What has this taught me? Be brave, have a go, share your ideas, collaborate, step into that slightly daunting space and willfully ignore those that try to pigeonhole what you can and can't do, mostly be generous and open to possibility.
The pic I've chosen to illustrate the exhibition is my best seller!